A lively, historical centre with plenty to see and do.
It's pretty quiet on a rainy Sunday . . .
Sundays are quiet so if you want action, go during the week!
fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.for more details info on hours, etc,ssee...more
a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére. For more details on hours etc, see the tip on the exteriors. Enjoy it;wonderful place.more
wonderful expression of Breton architecture and a major church in Brittany,One of top 3, lovely, a must to see it.Early in the 12C the politics of king Philippe-Auguste try to establish an influence of the ile de France region (Paris) on Brittany help by a local administration of French origins. From 1239AD, the bishop of Quimper, Raynaud, also ,of...more
fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.open september to october, than april may...more
a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére. The opening hours are 9h to 12h30 and then 13h30 to 17h from January to may and then...more
Musée des Beaux-Arts de QuimperOpen every day except Tuesday, from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18hThis museum was created in 1864 thanks to the donation of the personal art collection of Count Jean-Marie de Silguy, a Quimper native. His condition related to his gift was that the town would build a museum to house the works. And so it was; the museum...more
Here is my Journal entry for our visit to Beaux Arts in Quimper.Next we wandered across the square to the Musée des Beaux Arts where they were having an exposition of works by Jules Breton. It was a wonderful exhibit . . . particularly because they included studies he made for the various larger works. It gave you a hint of his thought processes so...more
The statue of Good King Gradlon, the 6C founder of Quimper, is hard to locate on the West front of the Cathedral. Above the central door pediment are twotall and wide central windows. Capping these is a decorated pediment. Upon this is set the King on his horse, with the two lateral spired towers looking down on him.more
There is also fine 19C glass in each of the large transept windows, one with a Last Supper, the other commemorating 12 Breton Saints. There a many good statues of bishops as well as devotional figures, some used in processions and an Entombment. The pulpit has carving related to the patron Saint Corentin, a hermit of the 5C and first bishop who was...more
The nave is long and high. The triforium is also tall with an unusual trefoil heading decoration. The clerestory windows are tall wide and graceful with 15C stained glass. When we were there the choir and altar were sealed off by a painted scrim to keep elaborate restoration from interfering with services held in the nave.more
The Cathedral of Quimper is quite imposing when first seen with its two spire topped towers at its west side, erected in 1850 over a 1425 Flamboyant Gothic facade. The church itself was laboriously built over a period from 1240-1515. The sculptures and oter fine finishing are also 19C. Both the North and South sides have graceful presentations as...more
This Gothic Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries which may explain why the Chancel is out of line with the Nave - immediately evident when entering by the main door and standing at the back of the church. I just about captured it on the first photograph here.The effect of light and colour from the high painted, vaulted ceiling,...more
The beautiful town of Quimper is on the river Odet and can be reached by boat trip from Beg-Meil.They were celebrating an anniversary of the pottery when we were there and giant replicas of cups,saucers,teapots,etc.,were placed around the town in incongruous places:like the middle of the river,up the hillside,in the streets.The town is very...more
In the heart of old Quimper, this three star hotel offers charm at reasonable rates. The rates for a...more
when we first took a look from outside the hotel, we thought that it maybe not the best quality, but...more
6 Rue Theodore Le Hars, Quimper, Brittany, 29000, France
Good for: Solo
always a great welcome warm folks, good prompt service,and good breton food.open Sundays, Monday and Tuesdays evenings except July and August. Lunch continuos service Mondays and Tuesdays, and weekend to 21h/22hYou are in an old longére, breton old home that included home and farm animals lodging in one building. Very quaint historical nicely done,...more
its an independant franchise chain, but one of the best example of Alsacien cuisine married with Breton seafood you can have. All in great ambiance,friendly service,and just around the market and pl St Corentinit has become home central when we visit so here we were again, the place is fantastic service, and great views over the marché plaza in...more
Other than walking the best way to get to all points in the city is by bus, its like having a hop on hop off ride for the price of a city ride about 1,40€, great views and some nice corners of the city to see. It could be useful for visitors with little time and wanting to get a feel of the city as wellhttp://www.qub.fr/is the bus transport...more
I come by car but plenty of public transport here, first the busgo tohttp://www.qub.fr/you can trace your city route there on the right hand column. the schedules per line is here http://www.qub.fr/public/pages/voyage_telechargemen.htmlthe cost of ticket from 1,20€ is herehttp://www.qub.fr/public/pages/titres_sommaire.htmlin the dept 29 you have a...more
13 Reviews and Opinions
Enter at your own risk, this is chocolate heaven and I am always on the clouds when coming here.We love chocolates and here in Brittany we are heaven, all kinds of mixes, caramels salés, fondants, mix ballotins boxes, and sticksAbly handle by Dominique and Gwenola Le Darz two artisans chocolatiers that after 25 years have won top prizes in two...more
Faience is fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body. In France, centres of faience manufacturing developed from the early eighteenth century led in 1690 by Quimper in Brittany. Yes and HB Henriot is one of the best here, to shop.Early in the 20C, the two grand faienceries were here face to face, HB (Hubaudière-Bousquet) and...more
this is a chain in several towns and here it is not only a good selection but in a wonderful architectural building facing the cathedral st Corentin.The service is like any French dept store, tops, with plenty of selection and good ambiance price wise. They are part of a group including the brands Devred 1902,and Burton of London as well. the group...more
This is the highlight of the visit or any ride the poneys at rue saint François, near the covered market on the way from the cathedral, nice, just a great feeling, recommended for the entire family.Walking these wonderful streets and seeing the local way of life is the best way to travel, come in and let me show you Bretagne, or Breizh or Brittany.more
This is in a popular neighborhood of same name, it was attached to the city in the 19C,and bfore that it was the old cementary area reaching even the river Odet. The church here dates from the 15C. At the north tower you will see the chapel of Notre-Dame du Paradis. The church was rebuilt in 1898.The stained glass dates from the 16C as it is the...more
This is THE theater of the city, with full activities in a wonderful location, next to parking tour d'Auvergne (our spot) and at the entrance to rue St mathieu to inner city center. The theater front door is at Esplanade François Mitterrand, 29000 QuimperIt ,also, has an underground parking on it. The opening acts is usually by 20h,and admission is...more
visiting here cannot be complete without visiting its many nice museums, can't tell you which one to see first, but to see them all. A city for the arts at human scale. Nice.
Fondest memory: walking to see these wonderful paintings and fine arts, breton arts all over the city.